International Rugby: Ireland v Italy Preview

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Ireland will be looking to continue from where they left off in June when they take on Italy on Saturday the 4th of November.

Six Nations foes, Ireland and Italy, will square off late on Saturday evening out in Chicago. The last time the Irish took to an American rugby field they beat the mighty All Blacks 40-29. Joe Schmidt's charges will be looking for a similarly impressive performance against the less glamorous Italians.

Ireland v Italy
Saturday 4 November
Soldier Field

To Win (80 Mins)
Ireland 1/33
Draw 80/1
Italy 11/1

*Forecast Odds

Ireland (-16) 9/10

Italy (+16) 9/10

*Forecast Handicaps

As noted earlier, Ireland will return to what has been a very happy hunting ground for them in the recent past. Joe Schmidt's charges managed to register a 40-29 victory over the All Blacks at this venue back in 2016.

The men from the 'Emerald Isle' have been in all-conquering form this year claiming a Grand Slam on their way to winning the 2018 Six Nations title. They followed that up with a 2 - 1 June series victory over Australia 'Down Under'.

We may well see a more experimental Irish side run out here as they have some huge clashes against New Zealand and South Africa in just a few weeks time. Joey Carbury is likely to take the ten jersey, with young guns like Jordan Larmour and Andrew Porter also set to get a run.

While their opponents have enjoyed a great year the same cannot be said for the Italians. Connor O'Shea's men endured another dreadful Six Nations campaign, finishing the tournament at the foot of the log with zero wins to their names and only a losing bonus point to show for their endeavours.

The Italians were also woeful during their two-match June tour of Japan where they lost the first Test 34-17 and just snuck a 22-25 win in the second. They were actually extremely lucky to win that second Test as Japan were by far the better side on the day.

Italy are likely to field their best XV as they really need to start building momentum with 2019 looming large.

Verdict: Ireland (-16) 9/10
They may well field a youthful side but I can still see the Irish taking this one by 28 points or more. 

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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